Buddhist Retreat in Thailand

I’m very excited that the universe keeps moving me towards Buddhism and doing things to help bring enlightenment, peace and happiness to others.

Firstly, my childhood buddy Marcel has just bought a piece of land in Thailand to build a Buddhist retreat. Construction starts early next year. He plans to make it a place for people to visit for free to meditate and find themselves. I’ve volunteered to go out there and help him with the construction when the time comes.

Secondly, Sifu and I have been busy developing our business plan to produce and sell oriental ointments that she formulates. We use them all the time at the dojo, and a lot of oriental families have their own recipes handed down over generations for different remedies. We’re hoping to bring the benefits of these ointments to people of the West. We’re not sure if it will be a huge flop or a great success, but we’re willing to give it a try and see what happens.

Thirdly, my good friend and work associate Steve, has been sculpting a Buddha which is really cute and is going to sell it on my dharmarama site once I have it up and running. He’s been sculpting intricate pieces of jewelry too and after chatting with me tonight, he’s going to add more Buddhist pieces to the collection. I’m really looking forward to seeing what he does with the ideas we brainstormed 🙂

Now all I have to do is work on my collection of mandala paintings.

Tibetan Mandalas

Just wanted to share this book on Tibetan Mandalas by Tatjana Blau that Sifu bought for me. This book is a great start for my parchment art….and a great way to focus on painting mindfully. I really want my artwork to have the right energy and intent behind it, so that it can really make a difference in the viewer’s perception and emotion. What better way to do that, than to paint mandalas.

‘Persist’ by Peter Clothier.

‘Persist’ by Peter Clothier is a book by a Buddhist practitioner that I’ve just discovered from browsing for literature related to my current endeavor to start dharmarama.com as a place to exhibit, share and sell my art and the art of others. Check out the review from a fellow blogger.

I haven’t read it, but I will, and I’ll let you know what I think about it once I’ve finished it. Just bought it at $15.00 plus $4.95 p&p, from it’s publisher Parami Press, ‘Books from a Buddhist Point of View’.

Chinese herbs and acupuncture

This week I bought a clay pot to cook my Chinese herbs in, as recommended by Sifu. The herbs tasted disgusting, but I think they calmed my stomach down somewhat. Grace, my acunpuncturist also gave me some herbs in pill form that she said would compliment the herbs Sifu gave me. The problem is remembering when to take them all, since they can’t be taken all at the same time.

For my birthday, which is next week, some of my friends came with me and my sister to Sifu’s aunty’s acupuncture clinic and we got acupuncture facials. It was a really good facial!….and yes, with needles. Apparently, she treats actors with acupuncture to reduce the signs of aging so they can play parts that are younger than their years. She charges a lot too. But we got family discounts since it was my birthday treat.

I’ve decided to start a website called dharmarama.com to show and sell art, collectibles and clothes related to Buddhism, Taoism, meditation, Tai Chi and any other related spiritual item that I feel would be of interest to anyone that visits the site. So far, I’ve just registered the name, so I have loads to do. I think it will be a great place to show my fine art, since recently Chinese philosophy and Buddhism have been the major source of my inspiration.

Stay tuned for more on this subject! 🙂